The Jacksonville Jaguars are starting to fix their salary cap ahead of free agency. While they’ve done a good job of keeping their own players, they’ll need to release a few others to get out of the red. But the Jags aren’t the only NFL team that will need to make some tough decisions in the upcoming days.
Other clubs will also shed the contracts of players that are either coming back from injuries or whose production in 2022 didn’t match their salaries. Although Jacksonville won’t go on a shopping spree like they did last year, they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue these five players if they become available.
No. 5 cap casualty the Jacksonville Jaguars should target: Gus Edwards
The Jaguars have a pretty good running back in Travis Etienne and a solid backup in JaMycal Hasty, who just signed a contract extension. Moreover, Snoop Conner increasingly got more playing time as his rookie season went on. However, that shouldn’t deter the Jaguars from adding another running back this offseason.
Even though it might seem unnecessary, Jacksonville needs to look for ways to get more production from their running game and Gus Edwards would be a terrific addition to their backfield.
Edwards signed with the Baltimore Ravens after going undrafted in 2018 and immediately became a mainstay of their rushing attack.
Even though Edwards missed nine games with a knee injury last season, he still managed to tally 433 yards with three touchdowns on 87 runs. He’s averaged over 5.2 yards per carry throughout his career but he’s set to count $5.6 million against the cap and releasing him would free up $4.3 million in cap space with $1.25 million in dead money. With J.K. Dobbins returning from a season-ending injury, the Ravens could afford to move on from Edwards.